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Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Healthcare Reform Provisions Begin

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

New rules take effect Thursday, which means providers may start seeing more patients—including those with pre-existing or chronic conditions—seeking their services. And health insurers have new rules to follow on recissions and appeals.

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VA to Improve Access to Health Benefits Info

By: John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a multi-year technology-based initiative to improve veterans' access to healthcare and benefits information.

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CMS Failed to Report Providers' Adverse Actions, Says OIG

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services took adverse actions against hundreds of healthcare providers, but did not report them to the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank as required, an the Office of Inspector General says.

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Rapid Response Teams No Substitute for Wrong Bed Assignment

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

The disastrous cascade that results when patients are mistakenly assigned beds outside the intensive care unit only to have their conditions deteriorate is the topic of a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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ACP: Improved Transparency Requires Reliable Data

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 23, 2010

The benefits of increased healthcare transparency hinge on reliable and valid information—specifically in the areas of price and clinical performance, says a report by the American College of Physicians.

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Rethinking the Future of Outpatient Chronic Care

By: Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 13, 2010

With a burgeoning patient population and a continuing physician shortage, a new model of care is considered. This one carefully tracks chronic conditions, coordinates treatment, and schedules timely interventions.

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Hospitals and Physicians: Partners in Accountable Care

By: HealthLeaders magazine, September 13, 2010

As health systems across the nation investigate developing Accountable Care Organizations in their respective communities, healthcare veterans can't help but feel as though the details of these complex strategies are all too familiar. After all, the goals of aligning hospital and physician incentives are nothing new. But in a future that is sure to reward integration, coordination, and value, the motivation to build the right alignment model is one thing that is new and improved.

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Can ACOs Crack the Healthcare Payment Code?

By: Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2010

The multi-year march toward an overhaul of the nation's healthcare delivery system begins this week.  The effects that healthcare reform will have on physicians, hospitals, and payers will be accompanied by disruption and discomfort, but may be mitigated by preparation.

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Involve Physicians in Campaign Strategy

By: Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2010

Hospitals are beginning to realize the value of involving service line directors and other doctors in the strategic marketing planning process.

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The Importance of Knowing Exactly Why We Die

By: Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 22, 2010

Acceptable codes for cause of death now exist, but don't always explain to statisticians or epidemiologists why people die. In advance of the International Classification of Diseases mortality codes, Volume 11, a mortality cause expert makes the case for precise diagnostic designations for death.

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